September 22 is World Rhino Day, a global conservation initiative to raise public awareness of for the five rhino species in the world. All five are facing the threat of extinction if not protected: Black Rhino (Africa), White Rhino (Africa), Javan (Asia), Sumatran (Asia), and Greater One-Horned (India and Nepal).
To enhance their capabilities, counter-poaching unit rangers from three local reserves – Shamwari, Amakhala and Lalibella – along with their senior team leaders, dog handlers and the counter-poaching dogs, took part in counter-poaching refresher training sessions between the 6 and 21 June.
After more than six years on the frontline of rhino conservation, K9 Sammy has retired. She is the Eastern Cape’s (EC) first Anti-Poaching Tracking and Apprehension Dog funded by an EC-based NGO and played a significant role in the local Anti-Poaching Units (APUs) and community patrols safeguarding our wildlife.
Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) recently received an amazing donation of £1,300 (R25,195.30), raised by renowned artist, marine conservationist and environmental educator, Michael Carnegie. During a charity night held at the Doghouse, St Merryn, the funds were raised through a raffle of his painting “Porthcothan 17:50”; the sale of prints; as well as donations; with the help from fellow RNLI lifeguards, Patagonia Manchester and local pub employees, amongst others.
The communities around Kenton-on-Sea have been rooting for rhino by hosting annual events since 2012, inspired by Thandi, a poaching survivor who has inspired thousands of people across the globe to step up rhino conservation efforts, to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino and to raise funds in support of rhino custodians.
Every December since 2014, the caring team at Radue Optometrists give their boss, Dean Radue, the gift of a conservation donation to show their appreciation – a great gift for someone who is passionate about conservation. “We wanted to give Mr Radue a meaningful gift that meant something to him,” says Di Morris, Radue Optometrists. “Our boss is passionate about conservation and the preservation of wildlife, and what better gift than to donate to a cause close to his heart while also contributing to keeping our rhinos safe in the Eastern Cape.”